James is a 13-year-old boy from Muranga County, Kenya. He is the second born in a family of three. James is in fifth grade, and he likes playing football and spending time with his friends. He aspires to become a pilot in the future. We met James at our main hospital, Kijabe, accompanied by a member of his church, Maina, who said “I know James as a hardworking and passionate boy in the church. I spotted him there doing presentations and performances and noticed that he had sustained a burn contracture on his neck which created a lot of discomfort because of the stiffness." James sustained burns when he was a child, which has caused him a lot of discomfort and prevents him from living a fully comfortable life. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping James receive treatment. On February 13th, surgeons at their care center will perform a single contracture release surgery on James; he will be able to move his neck more and be free from the stiffness. He will have a chance at a comfortable life. Now, he needs help to fund this $840 procedure. “Because of the challenges the family has, we are appealing for support to help this boy undergo surgery so he can be set free from neck stiffness and continue with his normal life,” Maina told us.
Joseph is a 9-year-old boy and bright student. His family hails from the Mathare neighborhood in Nairobi County in Kenya and he is the 1st born in a family of 2. Joseph's family lives in a one-roomed rental house in a difficult area of the capital city. His mother is a cook at a nearby school and father is a casual laborer at construction sites within Nairobi. They don't earn much and it is often hard to get by. At the age of 1, when Joseph was learning to walk, he accidentally fell on a pot of boiling water and sustained severe burns on his left hand. He was rushed to Machakos General Hospital where he was given first aid to prevent the burn from extending and also relieve the pain. His left hand now has severe contractures and he cannot use it in his normal duties. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Joseph receive treatment. On October 27th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery. The surgery will restore the functioning of his hand and enable him to live a comfortable life. However, his family is not in a position to raise the required amount of money. Now, they need help to fund this $840 procedure. Joseph's mother says, “We are unable to raise the estimated cost of this surgery but we would like to see our son using his hand fully. Any help for my son to undergo surgery will be appreciated."
Collins is a polite and humble 14-year-old student and the third born in a family of four children. He is in primary school class six and hopes to become a doctor in the future. His mother is a housewife while his father works as a farmer. When he was one year old, while he was crawling, Collins accidentally fell on boiling water in a pan. He was taken to a nearby hospital for first aid for his burns. Now, he has burn scar contractures on his feet and has difficulty walking and running. His condition has affected his self-esteem, because he cannot play with his friends in school and at home. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Collins receive treatment. On October 25th, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him wear shoes confidently, walk well, and play with his friends. Now, he needs help to fund this $840 procedure. Collins shared, "I am happy because after the surgery, I will be able to walk, run and play with my mates in school and when I'm home."
Robson is a friendly and calm baby. He is the youngest sibling of the family, and they all live in an urban settlement in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. Robson's mother takes care of their family and home while his father used to be a cook, but was laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While his mother was outside washing clothes, Robson was in his grandmother’s grass-thatched house in their village. Suddenly, a mattress caught fire, causing burns on Robson's face and fingers. The burns led to contractures on the fingers, so that Robson is unable to hold things and use his fingers well. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is helping Robson receive treatment. On July 17th, surgeons from the care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery. Now, AMH is requesting $840 to help fund this procedure. “I hope and pray that with the assistance accorded to my son, he will be able to hold things and start crawling with support as he learns to walk,” Robson’s mother told us.
Hilowie is a social 13-year-old girl, and she is the fourth born in a family of five children. Hilowie is a sixth grade student and likes to read storybooks. Her favorite subjects are English and Kiswahili. Her mother is a businesswoman who has a small shop which she operates in the village, and her father passed away 12 years ago when Hilowie was very young. Hilowie suffered burns when she was only four months old in a house fire. She sustained joint injuries known as contractures on her left hand, and until today the contractures have never improved. Currently, she cannot raise her hand or work at home, and this has greatly affected her studies. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Hilowie receive treatment. On June 28th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so Hilowie will be able to use her hand, help around the house, and concentrate on her studies. Now, her family needs help to fund this $840 procedure. “I would love my hand to be straightened so that I can continue with my studies and as well help my mother at home,” Hilowie told us.
Mwanzia is a 13-year-old student from Kenya. He loves playing football and he is a huge fan of Manchester United. In March of 2017, while at his grandfather’s house, Mwanzia's right hand and wrist were badly burned. Mwanzia now has burn contractures, which have affected the use of his hand and also his education as he cannot hold a pen or write well with his condition. In 2017, Mwanzia had burn contracture release surgery on his right wrist, and now he needs additional surgery on his right hand. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Mwanzia receive treatment. On June 6th, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so that Mwanzia will have full use of his right hand and will be able to write well in school. Now, he needs help to fund this $840 procedure. Mwanzia's mother shared, “we are grateful to Cure Hospital and Watsi for the support for our family and we continue to plead for more support."
Twalib is a six-year-old student and the youngest child in a family of three children. In school, he enjoys reading, drawing, and playing with other children. His mother is a tailor, while his father is not working at the moment, but serves in the church as an elder. Five years ago, Twalib was accidentally burned by hot tea and sustained severe burns on his left arm. He was rushed to a hospital nearby and the wound was bandaged, but this did not prevent the contracture from extending. Twalib cannot carry anything with his left hand or stretch his hand fully and the condition has impacted his self–esteem. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Twalib receive treatment. On June 7th, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to boost his self-esteem and enable Twalib to use his hand. Now, his family needs help to fund this $840 procedure. Twalib’s sister shared, “on behalf of our family, we are pleading for support from well-wishers to help my brother undergo surgery so that he can use his hand like other children."
Dennis is a nine-year-old boy and the oldest in a family of four children. His mother shared that she works hard on people’s farms in the villages, and his father is also a farmer. Dennis fell into a fire that unfortunately burnt half of his right arm. Since the burn, his elbow and wrist have developed a contracture, which has caused him pain. He also cannot extend his arm fully. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Dennis to receive treatment. On June 1st, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery on his right elbow, wrist, and fingers. After surgery, he will be able to use his hand without any limitations. He will also continue his education, use his hand to write, and help out his parents at home. Now, their family needs help to fund this $840 procedure. Dennis's mother shared, "my desire is to see Dennis using his hand like other boys. Any kind of help to my son to undergo surgery will be greatly appreciated."
Benson is an 18-year-old student from Kenya. He is the eldest in a family of 8 children. Benson's father is a farmer, while his mother is a housewife. Benson is a very focused young man who wants to become famous. He shared his hope that if he can undergo surgery on his hand, he will be able to study hard, join the university, and one day become a politician and help people from marginalized areas. When he was young, Benson had an accident and fell on a burning fire. As a result, his hands and fingers were severely burned and sustained contractures. At school, he faces difficulty with writing; and at home he cannot bathe well, hold things, or help his parents. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Benson receive treatment. On December 1st, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so that he can regain some use of his hand and finger. Now, he needs help to fund this $840 procedure. Benson shared, “If I can get help to undergo surgery on my hands, I can be able to do my own things rather than depending on my younger siblings for help."
Meet Sharon, a 5-year-old girl from Kenya. She is the second born in a family of four children. Sharon was brought to Medical Partner's clinic by her grandmother. Her mother has stayed at home and according to Sharon’s grandmother, she is mentally impaired. Both Sharon's mother and grandmother do not work and only depend on farm products and well-wishers. Their family hails from Makengi village in Embu county. Sharon has a burn scar deformity that she sustained at home when paraffin poured on her and unfortunately, she caught fire, severely burning her feet. She healed with contractures on her hands and feet as well. She currently cannot walk or hold things on her hand and she is in great pain at the moment. Surgery will be of great impact to her as she will be able to stand, walk, and hold things. Her family is not able to raise the estimated cost of surgery and thus requested for support. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Sharon receive treatment. On May 20th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to better allow her to use her hands easily. Now, she needs help to fund this $799 procedure. “We cannot be able to raise the estimated cost of surgery and if there are any means that you can support us, we will be grateful.” Sharon’s grandmother told us.
Meet Fridah, a kindergarten student from Kenya. She lives with her mother and her four older siblings. Fridah's father passed away in 2013, and her mother works hard to support her children by selling vegetables. When Fridah was one year old, she was involved in a fire accident that left serious burn wounds on the right side of her body. Following her injury, Fridah stayed in the hospital for treatment for five months. Even though her wounds have since healed, Fridah has several burn scar contractures on her right hand. The tightening of the scarred area makes it difficult for Fridah to use her right hand to write and perform other daily tasks. For this reason, she has been held back in school. Fridah requires surgery to release her burn scar contractures. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), has arranged for Fridah to undergo surgery on March 14. This surgery is costly, and Fridah's mother cannot afford to pay for the surgery on her own. AMHF is asking for $799 to help pay for Fridah's surgery. Fridah's mother says that after the surgery, she hopes her daughter "will be able to catch up with her friends at school."
Meet Annah, a happy three-year-old girl identified by our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure Hospital, during a mobile clinic conducted in a remote area of Eastern Kenya. She has been diagnosed with snake bite contractures on her ankle. Currently, she cannot put on shoes, and she is also unable to walk normally, as her ankle joint is affected by the contracture. “When [Annah] walks for long distances, her legs start to hurt, and she cannot wear shoes," shares her grandfather. At just the tender age of two, Annah was bitten by a snake while playing with her friends. Because her speech abilities had not fully developed then, she went home crying and could not report anything to her parents. By the time they discovered the bite and rushed her to the hospital, the snake venom had spread and affected the tissue around her ankle. She underwent a skin graft at another hospital but now needs an operation to release the shortened muscle around her ankle. After the operation, Annah will be able to wear closed shoes, walk like the rest of her peers, and even attend school. Annah's father is a casual laborer, and her mother is a stay-at-home mom with a small baby that she is nursing. Annah's parents do not have enough resources to provide for their daughter, so she lives with her grandfather, a caring man named William who has a farm and sells produce to make ends meet. The family needs help raising $799 to pay for Annah's surgery, five nights in the hospital, blood tests, and medicine. "Now we are hopeful that after the treatment, Annah [can] at least take herself to school and back comfortably," her grandfather says. "We also look forward to seeing her wear shoes."